"Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner."
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
One of the most important values that built this country is rugged individualism. This is something that is almost forgotten in today's entitlement society, where "gubment" (read that some other hard-working citizen) is expected to take care of another's individual needs. This entitlement is viewed by some as a "right!" Not that they can define that word...
The very purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to define and restrict the powers of government over the individual. And to allow the free exercise of rights that it maintains and we believe to be divinely endowed by God.